Just wanted to say thanks so much for the amazing amazing thread (and the IEM one, too!). Thanks to you now I'm stuck trying to decide between a PX200-II, MDR-V6, ZX700 or the CAL!. Decisions decisions!
Thanks, glad it's been useful! Can't really go wrong with any of those but I still like CAL! the best at $59.
The impressions on the ES10 are very accurate. I have both, the ES10 and the DT1350. It would be really nice if the ES10 would have the same type of pads like the DT1350. With small ears the ES10 is more like a over-ear headphone and not an on-ear headphone. Out of the box, the ES10 was an outstanding headphone. There should be more love on head-fi for these :)
$400 might be on the upper end for what people want to spend on a portable which might explain why the HD25 and other cheaper sets get a lot more attention. I've seen the ES10 mentioned enough times where relevant.
I havent owned a lot of IEMs, but the RE262 continues to blow me away. I know tip choice is important with any IEM, but the difference between the stock biflanges and the large biflange tips, in my ears, is night and day. If I could find a tip that was halfway between the two, I would have it all - fantastic sound *and* a comfortable IEM. I was hesitant to go back to HiFiMan after my experience with the RE0, but they have definitely kicked a goal with the 262.
Have you tried a tip that is between the two? Something like a MEElec-size bi-flange? I think I settled on the M9 'balanced' bi-flange with the 262 but the The M11+ fit kit might be something worth looking at since it has a bunch of tips.